Message from the Chancellor

Chancellor 2015

Student success, public service and regional transformation are the core of who we are as an institution and each day we deliver on those commitments.  It is important we take a moment to recognize our institutional accomplishments from last year and emphasize our priorities for this year.  Each college and division is making important contributions.  Here are just a few examples of how ECU realizes its mission:

  •  We were one of 40 universities recognized nationally by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities with the Innovation and Economic Prosperity designation.  ECU was recognized for its economic development initiatives, innovative collaborations, and  commitment to regional transformation; 
  • ECU was ranked #1 in the Southeast by Washington Monthly for “Bang for the Buck”, which reflects the significant value we add to the student experience; 

  • For the first time in our history, ECU is the third largest research university in the UNC system.  We grow our capacity every day and our goal is to increase research expenditures by more than $15 million per year; 
  • Academic quality continues to be our long term goal because students succeed when they have a first rate academic experience.  We continue to build a nationally known School of Dental Medicine, and our Engineering and Technology College will grow each year.  We are among the best Teacher Preparation programs in the nation and last year our School of Music won first place in one of the most prestigious international competitions.  This year, academic priorities include:
  • Miller School of Entrepreneurship – Through the generous commitment made by Fielding and Kim Miller, we will grow programs in business, innovation, and entrepreneurship; 
  • School of Public Health – We continue to develop this School and this year we will seek approvals for three doctoral programs necessary for accreditation;
  • School of the Coast – With over 50 faculty with expertise in coastal systems and resources, and resources provided through the Coastal Studies Institute, we will expand our excellent research and teaching resources focused on the vital coast of North Carolina. One of the most exciting partnerships is a new doctoral program, to be offered with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. 
  • Millennial Campus – Of all our priorities, the millennial designation and establishment of this campus provides the best opportunity to enhance economic development in the region. We have significant partnerships across industry sectors, we will build many more, train more workers, and help create new jobs. 
We will continue to seek funding to retain our very best talent and continue our advocacy for funding to ensure the fiscal sustainability of the Brody School of Medicine. As we emphasize in our strategic plan, student success, public service, and regional transformation are our commitments today and Beyond Tomorrow.